Folding Concepts

Announcements -
Latest News

04/05/19 - More used folding kayaks added
Includes Kleppers, a Pouch RZ85, and a rare LFB Stern WZ60 complete with original sail rig

04/05/19 - More vintage paddles added. Original two piece wooden vintage paddles in various conditions here

20/03/19 - Incredible find! A rare UNUSED 1960's Klepper Aerius II for sale !
Found during a recent house clearance sale - in mint condition. See here - SOLD

19/11/17 - new 'kid on the block' - Neris SMART Series of kayaks. Unique hybrids that can either be paddled as a canoe with bench seats or as a kayak with inflatable floor seats. A cross between a folding kayak and an inflatable kayak. Starting with SMART-2 here

17/11/17 - new range of Greenland paddles added - Gram Kajak paddles. In 2-3 piece in both wood and carbon versions. Appearing on the 'New Paddles' page here

02/03/17 - Product Videos page added. Videos of some of the listed folding kayaks ... see here

Exclusive UK dealer for the following brands:-

We are a specialist team that previously was an exclusive folding kayak brand dealer in the UK with several years experience. We now have added a multi-brand on line store to better serve a growing UK market with a wider range of foldable small craft - from "Klepper" type of kayaks, to lightweight canoes plus related accessories.

Gram Paddles - wood and carbon Greenland paddles

NERIS - foldable alu framed kayaks

WaveDesign - carbon paddles including Greenlands

Wayland Folding Kayaks - traditional foldable wood framed kayaks

ZelGear - inflatable kayaks and catarafts (catamaran rafts)

We also specialise in Klepper spares and rebuilds as well as other brands


Can we paddle anywhere?
In the UK, you need a license to paddle in most of the waterways, rivers, lakes, etc.
BCU membership (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Scotland Canoe Association and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland) includes a license to paddle on 5000km of Britain's waterways and canals.

Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some are privately owned or is bounded by land which is private, so do check beforehand. See Useful Websites page.


Replacement Hulls / Skins

If you have an old or damaged German Klepper Aerius I, Klepper Aerius II, Blauwal 4, German Pouch / Poucher, French Nautiraid, American Long Haul, Canadian Feathercraft, British Tyne, Granta, ex-Soviet kayaks like Salut-2 and -3, Taimen-2 and -3...... to name a few......, ..... and need the skin / hull to be repaired or replaced....

We can provide replacement skins for most makes of kayaks. Rebuild, re-skin, refurbish, recondition your beloved kayak with a high quality make-over! If you are not sure of your particular kayak model or variant, you can email us photos of the kayak / frame. It is important that that the frame is correctly identified before we can work on quotes.

Replacement skins with canvas decks and TPU, CSM / Hypalon hulls will be made by one of our suppliers of choice (Heise Faltboote, Klepper, M Kajaki, Wayland, etc) depending on the requirements and budget, whilst PVC replacement skins will be done by NERIS. All are experienced craftsmen who have been producing skins in those respective materials for more than 12 years.

Replacement 'Classic' skin for Klepper Aerius I 490
single seater
"Klepper Blue" deck, CSM hull. 4 x 6cm keelstrips

£1000.00 (Skin only)
£1450.00 (Skin and new frame)
£1250.00 (Skin and used frame)
Contact us for more details

For old kayaks, Craftsmens uses original frames as templates to make the replacement skins rather than work from cut-out templates/patterns - this ensures an accurate fit. The craftmen that we use to make replacement skins, respectively do have their own collection of the most common frames but where they do not have your particular model kayak, then your frame may need to be sent to us. A short list of available frames is shown below.

It is possible that where the original skin / model did not have integrated bow to stern air sponsons, that sponsons be fitted into the new replacement skin on request. Discuss this with us - this depends on the structure / design of the existing frame.

Partial skin replacements is also available. EG keep existing hull but replace entire upper deck, or vice versa.

Prices - complete replacement skins
Basic = plain deck & no keel strips, additional features on request. Price excludes shipping, includes VAT
Replacement skins are made to order (is not normally stocked)

Kayak type Hull material Price (from)
Single seater - upper deck replacement (keep existing hull) TPU / CSM On request
Double seater - upper deck replacement (keep existing hull) TPU / CSM On request
Single seater - Basic with no sponsons TPU / CSM £920.00
Single seater - Basic with sponsons TPU / CSM £950.00
Double seater - Basic with no sponsons TPU / CSM £1030.00
Double seater - Basic with no sponsons PVC On request
Double seater - Basic with sponsons TPU / CSM £1080.00
Double seater - Basic Quattro TPU / CSM £1160.00
Triple seater - Basic with no sponsons TPU / CSM £1080.00
Triple seater - Basic with no sponsons PVC On request

Frames on hand (where we do not require your frame to make the replacement skin - not all available frames are listed here, do check with us)
Klepper Aerius I 450
Klepper Aerius I 490
Klepper Slalom 55
Klepper T65
Klepper T66
Klepper T67
Klepper T6
Klepper T9
Klepper Aerius II (520)
Klepper Aerius 20
Klepper TS2
Klepper Aerius II 545
Klepper T8
Klepper T12
Klepper Blauwal 4
Klepper Vagabund
Klepper Master
Klepper Passat
Niewiadow Pstrag I
Niewiadow Neptun 08
Niewiadow Neptun T100
Niewiadow Jantar 07
Niewiadow Mewa
Pionier 450 S (450 cm)
Pionier 450 WA (450 cm)
Pionier 520 Z (520 cm)
Pionier 540 G (540 cm)
Pouch RZ-85-2 (550 cm) *
Pouch RZ-85-3 (550 cm) *
Pouch RZ-85 Exquist (550cm)
Tajmien-2 (or Taimen-2)*
Tajmien-3 (or Taimen-3)*
Tyne Sports Double 17 
Tyne Short Double 15

* Replacement hull can be TPU / CSM or PVC
** Hull is PVC only

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